UCLA alumna Nasim Pedrad cast in the live action version of Aladdin
Another reason to see it besides Hot Jafar
Pedrad, who was part of SNL’s cast for five seasons and currently has a recurring role on New Girl, will play a role created specifically for the film. Her character, Mara, is a friend of Jasmine’s and will serve a comedic, supportive role.
Nasim Pedrad has been cast as Jasmine's friend in the Aladdin remake
Nasim once played Jasmine on SNL
it's like poetry pic.twitter.com/bb5AVy27i7
— 70mm Guymax (@yeblod) August 5, 2017
Pedrad will star alongside Naomi Scott (Jasmine), Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Will Smith (Genie), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar). Interestingly, both Kenzari and Pedrad have received seemingly more attention for their roles than the leads. Kenzari has recently been the talk of the town for being quite the snack. And fans of Pedrad are excited to see her in this role, though some think she would have fared better as Jasmine.
— TheIgnoranceSlayer? (@ArabFeminist13) August 4, 2017
The new Jafar about to have everyone rooting against Aladdin. pic.twitter.com/hsD4Rmw6n5
— ﾑ ~ (@SindarMomoa) August 4, 2017
Saturday Night Live already had a perfect casting choice with Nasim Pedrad as Jasmine. pic.twitter.com/IfPJnc8dEA
— Cary Pohlhammer (@CaryPohlhammer) July 24, 2017
No matter your opinions on the casting choices, Pedrad’s role is sure to be a great source of Bruin Pride.